Our annual preview of this year’s NFL draft begins today with the half-hour video above produced by TNT media guru Joe Barrentine.
In the video Rob Rang, senior draft analyst for NFLDraftScout.com and myself discuss some of the top draft prospects among this year’s group that we believe the Seattle Seahawks might have their eye on as they prepare for April’s draft.
That group includes quarterbacks like Baylor’s Robert Griffin III, Texas A&M’s Ryan Tannehill and Ryan Lindley of San Diego State, along with a group of talented pass rushers like North Carolina’s Quinton Coples, Alabama’s Courtney Upshaw and Nick Perry of USC.
So check out the video. And below you can find a breakout of each player, which includes a link to highlights of each player, along with a quick comment from Rang.
Robert Griffin IIISchool: BaylorHT/WT: 6-2/220HighlightsRang’s take: “He’s a winner. And he’s a very intelligent quarterback that I think most teams are going to have no problem pegging him as the face of the franchise.”
Ryan TannehillSchool: Texas A&MHT/WT: 6-4, 222Highlights Rang’s take: “I’m personally am very high on Ryan Tannehill. I’ve had him as a first-round caliber quarterback essentially all year long. But at the same time he did struggle late in some ball games this year. There are some knocks on him as far as does he have the poise in the pocket at the end of games to really win the game for you when the game is on the line.”
Russell WilsonSchool: WisconsinHT/WT: 5-11, 210HighlightsRang’s take: “He has all the intangibles you’re looking for, and he has a strong arm. Unfortunately I see a little Seneca Wallace in his game. I just think that there’s only a limited upside there.”
Kellen MooreSchool: Boise StateHT/WT: 6-0, 195HighlightsRang’s take: “He is a spectacular player in terms of he understands what he has to do. But the physical skill set just isn’t there. He doesn’t have enough of an arm in my opinion to be successful in every offense, and unfortunately I think that offense does include Seattle.”
Ryan LindleySchool: San Diego StateHT/WT: 6-4, 230HighlightsRang’s take: “He has an absolute rocket for a right arm. In fact that’s one of the negatives about him. He almost has too much of an arm, that he sometimes trusts his arm too much and will throw it into coverage. Brock OsweilerSchool: Arizona StateHT/WT: 6-7, 240Highlights Rang’s take: “There’s some similarities with Osweiler to Ryan Mallett of a year ago. I really believe that if Osweiler had played in a similar system as wide open as Mallett we would have seen some pretty spectacular numbers, and he had strong numbers anyways.”
Nick PerrySchool: Southern CaliforniaHT/WT: 6-3, 250HighlightsRang’s take: “He’s a guy that really is just starting to scratch the surface of his potential. He’s going to workout like an absolute fenom, so I think you’re really going to see his stock rise. At the same time, he’s really only been a dominant player for one season. So there is some risk there. “
Quinton CoplesSchool: North CarolinaHT/WT: 6-6, 285HighlightsRang’s take: “He has spectacular size, very good strength and very good athletic ability. Unfortunately I don’t know if he has enough (heart). At times he will play like his hair is on fire – he’s absolutely dominant. At other times, it just seems like the game isn’t as important to him.”
Courtney UpshawSchool: AlabamaHT/WT: 6-2, 265HighlightsRang’s take: “He’s not necessarily an explosive athlete up the field in terms of speed, but he’s a very strong and very physical player, who played at Alabama and obviously went against elite competition. And he has a knack of making the big play on the big stage.”
Devon StillSchool: Penn StateHT/WT: 6-4, 310Highlights Rang’s take: “He has the strength you’re looking for as an interior run plugger. He’s not a great pass rusher, but at the 11 or 12 I really think he’s among the safest picks at defensive tackle in this year’s draft class.”
Michael BrockersSchool: LSUHT/WT: 6-6, 305HighlightsRang’s take: “He is an exciting talent. At 6-6 he has very long arms, and also projects nicely as a player who can play both inside and move outside and play that 5-technique behind Red Bryant.”
Michael FloydSchool: Notre DameHT/WT: 6-3, 224HighlightsRang’s take: “He’s a terrific football player. And he’s not one of those so-called diva receivers that’s all about him and he has to make the big catch. He’s one of the best downfield blocking receivers I’ve seen in a long time.”
Kendall WrightSchool: BaylorHT/WT: 5-10, 200HighlightsRang’s take: “This is an absolute playmaker. He’s 5-11, so he’s a little bit shorter. But he’s a legitimate 200 pounds, so he’s got that going for him. He almost looks like a mini-running back. And he has the ability to make people miss, and he has straight line speed.”
Luke Kuechly School: Boston CollegeHT/WT: 6-2, 237HighlightsRang’s take: “Luke Kuechly is the most instinctive linebacker I’ve seen since Lofa Tatupu, and that’s saying something. Where Tatupu didn’t have the physical skills you’re looking for, Kuechly does have a lot of those. At the same time, 11 or 12 is high for a middle linebacker – I don’t care how good he is.”